It’s no secret that strong leadership is required for a company to achieve ambitious and aspirational goals. Increasing the collective capabilities of your leadership team is essential if you want your organization to continue to grow, to capitalize on opportunities, and to respond to an ever-changing and increasingly complex global business environment.
What is a culture of leadership development? It’s a culture where leaders are intentional about leadership growth all the time, not just during year end performance reviews. It’s a culture where everyone is aware of what they are learning, as well as what they are doing. It’s a culture where feedback is offered frequently and with positive intent: the intent to help another person grow. It’s a culture where leaders visibly take the time to mentor and support the development of others.
Mission driven nonprofits can teach us a lot about one of leadership’s most powerful levers: discretionary effort.
CHALLENGE Our client recently closed an acquisition of a company larger in size, with largely complementary products and global operations.
The pursuit of innovation is at an all time high. In the U.S. alone, 145 billion dollars are spent annually by enterprises in an attempt to disrupt the market within which they operate. Fostering innovation is the number one priority for global companies over the next three years.1
"Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work." --Warren Bennis1
We are losing our ability to read maps. Thanks to navigation systems, Google maps, Waze and their like, most of us simply have to have a good address for our destination in order to get somewhere, anywhere in the world. We no longer have to puzzle about the best route, nor do we even have a sense of the journey ahead when we set out. We simply listen for the next immediate instruction. In many ways it’s a miracle. It opens our horizons (who knew that little lane would bring me out to this intersection?) and makes us more efficient.